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Matthew Birt  says:

Provisional 2012 MotoGP calendar released

The first 1000cc MotoGP clash will take place under the Losail International Circuit floodlights in Qatar on April 15 after a provisional 2012 calendar was released today. Next year’s world championship is scheduled to be run over 18 races again, though no contract is in place yet for the Spanish round in Jerez, the Portuguese round in Estoril and the German...

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wild_stuart

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wild_stuart says:

Pedantic..

..but it's not strictly "The first 1000cc MotoGP clash..."

More like, "The first race of 2012 with the re-introduced 1000cc spec. machines"

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leemuz

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leemuz says:

whoopy

At last...a sensible race calender....makes sense...saves money...

silverstones back to june though..

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jamieg999

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jamieg999 says:

Only 4 Spanish rounds?

I won't be watching, I wanted to see 5 Spanish rounds in the season with the deletion of all the good tracks especially Phillip Island and Assen. Dorna have lost another valued customer.

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Hedgehog5

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Hedgehog5 says:

Wild Stuart...

Pedantic I know but not strictly "The first race of 2012 with the re-introduced 1000cc spec. machines" 'cos the 1000cc bikes of the past you're referring to were actually limited to 990cc... hey, you started it!

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wak1309

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wak1309 says:

!!!

I've just tried to post (on another story) nearly exactly this idea (grouping the races per continent) to save money for the sattelite teams, but my post got timed out!!

Agree Leemuz - Sensible cashwise, doesn't really matter when the UK round is though? It could at any time, and probably will pi$$ it down! :(

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hugelean

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hugelean says:

Be careful what you wish for Jamie, a few races are a long way from certain.. Last we need is less races.. Here's hoping the Qatar contract runs out sooner rather than later, it's shyte, the bikes look shiny, but after a winter off it tells you little about everyones real performance.. Then they go and waste 2 of the very few test days they have purely for a single race.. If they used the same analysis for the whole season the teams would have some 36 test days... Not money well spent..but would welcome the extra testing. Expect new races next year in Vladivostok, American owned Libya, Columbia and Angola as Dorna continue to chase the money.

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YamahaGYTR

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YamahaGYTR says:

I agree.

The Qatar event needs to be taken off the calendar no one goes to that event hopefully in future season calendars they bring back the Spanish GP as the first event like it used to be back in the 990 days.

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cthwaites

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cthwaites says:

5 Spanish rounds (ok, Portugal but 5 rounds within 5 hours drive of Madrid)

They need to get rid of at least 3 rounds. I vote Indy, Aragon and Qatar.

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williewheelbreaker

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Maybe tightened up the continents a bit; but Laguna and Indy 3 weeks apart is of little or no use to the teams or fans.

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CosherB

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CosherB says:

it's now appearing to be a calendar with some thought having gone into it.  the worry is for the future, with the Austin and Argentina GPs to fit in for '13, and others banging on the door to host races - are we going down the F1 route of more races and a longer calendar?  i agree that the likes of Qatar and Indy wouldn't be missed (sadly they've extended to 2016 and 2014), and maybe Valencia (2016).  surely Spain has to lose at least one race soon?  most of the current circuits have contracts through to between 2013 and 2016, so there is scope for changes, but it's going to take time.

at least we have to be thankful that's it's beginning to look more like a World Championship once more ...

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